Hadid unveils 'Innovation Tower', her first permanent project in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has appointed Zaha Hadid to design Innovation Tower, her first permanent architectural work in Hong Kong.

The tower will provide 12,000 m2 of floor space and accommodate about 1800 staff and students.

It will house the school of design, a museum to showcase local and international design and a public gallery to exhibit works of staff and students.

Hadid has flown to Hong Kong to formally present her design.

Victor Lo Chung-wing, chairman of PolyU Council, said the scheme will serve as a driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia.

Construction work will begin in 2009 and the whole project is expected to be completed by end 2011.